SAN JOSE, Calif. — ARM has acquired Sensinode Oy, a 20-person company developing machine-to-machine software based on the 6LoWPAN, which ARM will add to the portfolio of products it licenses. The move is a sign of growing adoption in the emerging Internet of Things sector of the 6LoWPAN standard, roughly based on web standards such as Internet Protocol.
ARM provided no financial details of the acquisition. Similarly, Sensinode declined to comment on how much venture financing it had taken since it was founded in 2005 or the size of its revenues.
ARM will make the Sensinode code available for evaluation through its so-called mbed project, which lets engineers try out products via an online connection, said John Cornish, general manager of ARM's System Design Division in an interview.
Adam Gould, CEO of Sensinode since 2010, said several groups are migrating towards Web standards for IoT software including the Zigbee Alliance, powerline groups, and others. Gould will remain with ARM.
Last year, Linear Technology bought Dust Networks, another IoT startup that has pioneered 6LoWPAN software. In 2010, Cisco Systems bought Arch Rock, yet another IoT startup that helped drive 6LoWPAN.